New council sworn in

Cr Cheryl Steinhardt, Cr Michael Hagan, Cr Anthony Wilson, Mayor Tanya Milligan, Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz, Cr Julie Reck, Cr Chris Wilson and Cr David Neuendorf at the Lockyer Valley Regional Council swearing n ceremony on 2 April. Picture: LVRC

Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s new councillors were formally sworn in on Tuesday 2 April, ready for official duties to begin.

The group consists of three returning councillors, Mayor Tanya Milligan, councillors Chris Wilson and Michael Hagan, plus four fresh faces, councillors David Neuendorf, Julie Reck, Cheryl Steinhardt and Anthony Wilson.

It comes after the Electoral Commission of Queensland officially declared the results of the Lockyer Valley’s 16 March local government elections on 26 March, with postal voting and optional preference voting in the mayoral election causing the delay.

While it is the first foray into local government for councillors Reck, Steinhardt and Anthony Wilson, Cr Neuendorf will no doubt draw from his experience as a councillor in the first term of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.

Cr Milligan, who returns to the mayoral position for a third consecutive term, said she was honoured to be at the helm once again.

“It is such a privilege to lead our region and one I take very seriously, and I thank the community for their vote of confidence,” she said.

“I look forward to working with my fellow councillors to advance the Lockyer Valley and to helping guide our newcomers on what can be a very steep learning curve.”

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said he was ‘honoured’ to attend the ceremony and extended his heartfelt congratulations to Cr Milligan and all elected councillors.

“I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to Mayor Tanya Milligan on her re-election and commend her unwavering dedication to serving the Lockyer Valley community,” Mr Buchholz said.

“I look forward to our ongoing collaboration and strong working relationship in delivering meaningful outcomes and securing investment in our region.”